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PhD funding and scholarships

PhD Funding And Scholarships

PhD funding and scholarships

PhD funding and scholarships

A range of funding opportunities is available to finance the PhD study of high-calibre students. These take the form of scholarships, studentships, bursaries and include:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awards
  • Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) awards
  • Departmental studentships

Applicants should have a Masters degree in Economics or related discipline. Applicants from all nationalities are eligible for all of these studentships. Studentships are currently £16,863 for ESRC-funded students and £13,500 for LUMS-funded students. Full fee waivers will be granted.

There are two types of studentships: open studentships and studentships that are linked to specific projects (CASE).

Information about ESRC open studentships can be foundhere. The application deadline for these studentships is the 3rd of February 2014 and we recommend that students apply and secure a position on our PhD Programme before the 20th of January.

For LUMS studentships, applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for School funding on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement). There are no separate studentship application forms. The application deadline is the 24th of March 2014.

Regarding CASE awards, the Department of Economics offers an ESRC scholarship linked to the project: Understanding Gambling Markets. This project is in collaboration with the Gambling Commission, the body that regulates the industry in the UK. The successful student will be supervised by Professor Ian Walker and Professor David Peel, who have have extensive research experience in the analysis of gambling behaviour. Interested applicants should contact the supervisors to discuss the project and get an idea of working at Lancaster. The closing date for applications is the 14th of February 2014.

Eligibility: open to all students including international students (full award).

Overseas students: the ESRC has relaxed the rules around international eligibility in strategic areas, allowing fees and stipends to be paid to students outside the UK. As a pilot NWDTC will be able to recruit students for awards in Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods without adhering to the current residential eligibility rules as laid out in the ESRC postgraduate training guidelines.

Students not resident in the UK for three years will be eligible for a fees-only award.

You are strongly advised to use the details provided within these web pages to identify our expertise in areas of interest to you. And you should contact staff relevant to your interests to help develop your ideas prior to application. We would also be delighted if you were able to make an informal visit to the Department.

Applications for a place on the PhD programme should be made via the online application system.


University awards

Other awards for postgraduate study, including research, are made at University level: see the Postgraduate Admissions Office funding pages for details.

Funding for overseas students

The British Council and various government and international agencies operate schemes which provide financial support for study in the UK. For information, please contact the nearest British Embassy, consulate or British Council Office. Financial assistance

The Department may, under certain circumstances, offer teaching assistantships.

Fees and living costs

For information on fees for MPhil and PhD study, and


PhD Funding And Scholarships

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Scholarships & funding

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Academic Level
Postgraduate Instructional

Subject Areas

Eligibility Requirements
Candidates must demonstrate through their ideas, experience and achievements that they are an excellent team player, with a strong vision for the future. Leadership/management skills or potentia, overall quality of the application and financial need will also be considered. The award will be judged on a 1000 word statement supplied by each candidate that should state which scholarship you wish to be considered for and should clearly articulate how you meet the scholarship criteria. Applications should be submitted online at

Number of Scholarships

Scholarship Value

31 May 2014

Further Information
Please note that we are unable to consider candidates who do not hold an offer of a place on the programme. Students already registered on the programme are ineligible to apply. The successful candidates for the full-time awards will be notified by the end of July 2014. Awards will automatically be deducted from tuition fees.

Scholarships and Funding UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

Scholarships and Funding UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

Scholarships and Funding

UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

Important information for all Applicants

The UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS), aim to attract high-quality international students to UCL to undertake research.

Approximately 40 UCL-ORS awards are available annually.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • in receipt of an offer of admission to (please see IMPORTANT NOTE below) or currently registered at UCL on a full- or part-time research degree programme, and;
  • liable to pay tuition fees at the overseas rate (Overseas fees status), and;
  • holding or expecting to achieve at least an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

While current students may apply, those entering their third year of research will normally only be considered for funding in exceptional circumstances.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

Value: Benefits and Duration

Awards consist of fee funding to cover the difference between Overseas and UK/EU tuition fees.

UCL-ORS recipients who do not have any other fee funding will receive additional UCL funding to cover remaining tuition fees for the duration of the UCL-ORS award.

The award does not cover the Additional Fee Element (AFE) of your programme (if applicable), unless you are also awarded a UCL GRS award.

Awards are tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time MPhil/PhD/EngD degree programme (or years 1 to 5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal.

Where students are undertaking an integrated four-year doctoral programme the award will be extended to their final year of study.

If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic session.

Applicants are advised to secure additional funding to cover living costs, which are estimated to be in the region of £12,000 per year. Where  UCL-ORS awards may be held in conjunction with UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and other non-fee awards (unless the fee award covers the Home/EU rate only).

Application Deadline and Procedure

Information for Students

There is one common application procedure and form for a number of research student scholarship schemes.

All applicants will be considered for a UCL GRS, and overseas fee payers will also be considered for the UCL ORS award and, if applicable, the UCL-CSC (China Scholarships Council) Scholarships. You only need to complete one application form to be considered for any of these funding schemes, provided you fulfil the relevant eligibility criteria.

Before completing the application form, please read the Research Scholarship Application Form Guidance Notes.

Eligible candidates must complete the UCL Research Scholarship Application Form, and submit it – along with supporting documents specified in the form.


Complete applications along with required documentation as detailed in the form must be submitted to the applicant’s academic department. In order to be shortlisted, you must make sure that your scholarship application is complete.Please note that we have prepared information that may be helpful for your chosen referee, the UCL Guidance for Referees. We suggest you provide your referee with a copy of this document when asking for an academic reference.

All applications should be sent to the relevant academic department/institute/division/unit. Please check with the administrative staff in your departmental office for details of who to send your application to.

Applications must be submitted to departments no later than Friday 17 January 2014. Please be aware that some academic departments set their own deadlines which may be earlier than this date, so make sure you check with them directly.

Potential candidates must ensure that they submit a full scholarship application by the deadline irrespective of whether an offer of admission has reached them or not. The UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems at a later date to confirm whether the scholarship applicant holds an offer of admission and on what date that offer was made. Scholarship applicants who do not receive an offer by Friday 28 February 2014 will be excluded from the competition at that point. It is for this reason that we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible, and submit your scholarship application by the deadline.

Information for Departments

Notification of Results

There is a combined selection by UCL academics for the research schemes. The decision of which award a successful candidate will receive is made by the selection panel.

The selection panel meets in early March and successful candidates can expect to be notified by Friday 7 March 2014 at the latest.  If you do not hear from us by that date, you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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